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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jul 23, 2011 2:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: David Murray/GD members

In response to your comments on Murray's take on the GD catalog I have to say I thought he could have done a better job in execution and song selection.The record itself is nice,but knowing his capabilities in my mind it falls short of his best effort.I saw 10-15 performances of the material after the record release and found the live performances to have more body and a seemingly better understanding of the music by the band and David himself.If memory serves me Butch Morris had a hand in the making of the record. You picked up on the melodic aspect of his ensemble,I think with his big band he hits on some of the qualities you mentioned in what you were looking for in a free improvising jazz unit,it is a very dynamic unit with strong solo and group interplay,changing tempos and moods.